Houston Rockets: Official Twitter account tweets sore loser stats

Houston Rockets official twitter account had an immediate bad take on James Harden coming in second to Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo in the MVP race. It produced a series of tweets of curated stats in attempt to show their guy was the MVP.

Minutes after The Greek Freak Giannis Antekounmpo won the award for most valuable player of the 2018-2019 NBA year the Rockets official twitter account gave a back handed congratulations and a “respectful disagreement”. It wasn’t taken well by NBA twitter.



Congrats to the new MVP, but we respectfully disagree.

Finished Top 2 in MVP voting 4 out of the last 5 seasons
1st player in NBA history to avg at least 35.0ppg & 7.0apg in a single season
Scored 40+ pts 28 times this season, 50+ 9 times & 60+ twice

Both and Angelo and Chris of chaoticsports think Harden was the MVP and it will be talked about on the podcast this week. The internet informed the Rockets twitter account of how salty the tweet seemed especially with the carefully curated stats in some of the later tweets (like giving stats over a span of 40 games ect). In the below salty response you see the Rockets twitter show a “dating back to 2014-15” stat that is not on topic for the 2018-19 NBA MVP award.

 

The Rockets and the Bucks were unable to make it to the NBA finals. Both lost to the teams that would represent their respective coasts in the championship series but one player looked like a winner and the other looked like someone that didn’t have what it takes. MVP voting could have been influenced by the perception Harden is a loser and Giannis is an emerging all time great.

Next year this scenario might get magnified. There’s a good chance that the antidote to Giannis and his greatness, Kawhi Leonard, might leave the Raptors and head West. A move like that would give the Bucks near free reign next season in the the Eastern Conference.

The Rockets are getting older and dealing with turmoil within. They might be throwing away their chance at a real run for a championship while the Golden State Warriors will be missing as least one big piece for the majority of the season. (This is a different article but imagine Curry getting the Warriors a 6th seed berth and then Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson show up for the playoffs).

If the 2019-20 season plays out this way for the Rockets and Bucks then this idea of James Harden not deserving MVP honors will feel reinforced. But James Harden is the best player of the 2019-20 even taking into account his defense. At the same time Giannis is a close second, so close that it’s definitely not an upset to give him the trophy. He is deserving of it and 70+ voters agreed by giving him their first place votes no matter if some of the things that influenced the choice should be irrelevant.

That gets us back to the Rockets twitter account. In my time on this Earth I’ve learned to congratulate and move on. I have an opinion but at the same time you have to look forward and try not to diminish people’s accomplishments. Giannis is unlikely to give the Rockets twitter account much time but as fans and as official representations of professional sports teams we should be proud of our opponents and rivals when they win. Players should congratulate and head to the weight room. The Rockets official twitter account just sounded salty. Let them have this today but don’t let them have it tomorrow.

That is the sporting thing to do.



Who do you think should have been crowned MVP? Do you think the perception of the Rockets in the playoffs affected the voting? Let us know on twitter @chaoticsports.

Golden State Warriors: Look Tired Old and Injured in Game 4

The Golden State Warriors looked slow and fragile in the second half of the their game four loss of the NBA finals on Friday. If this turns out to be their last appearance in Oracle arena it will be a disappointing end for a building with so much history.

Fatigue and the injury bug have plagued the Warriors throughout these finals despite sweeping the Portland Trailblazers and having extra time to rest and let nagging knicks and knacks heal. With Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson injured in game three Steph Curry gave it his all in game three, scoring 47 in a loss. The effort was a waste considering his lackluster performance in game four (lackluster but he still finished with 27 points).



The Warriors with an injured Durant an inconsistent Steph Curry had to rely on the returning Klay Thompson to carry them. In the first half it looked like a reasonable strategy but Toronto adjustments and general fatigue caught up to Golden State in the second half where they spent a large of portion of the half with a double digit deficit. An inconsistent Curry still meant 27 points, only one fewer than Thompson, but watching the game it never felt like he was ever there.

As the second quarter ended Draymond Green was more than halfway to a triple double in the assists, rebounds and points columns. He fell short of the triple double by only a rebound, bringing down nine along with twelve assists and ten points. Mark Jackson and Stan Van Gundy didn’t seem to notice how effective Green was in the trenches during the opening quarters but the Raptors staff must have seen it and were able to nullify Draymond’s gritty style only letting him pull down two additional rebounds in the second half and score four points. That low key adjustment may have been the difference maker between the first half where the Warriors had the lead and the second half where they fell apart.

Kevon Looney is tough. Earlier in the week it was reported that he’d miss the rest of the finals with a rib injury yet there he was in game four putting up ten points. And while that is admirable, in general the big men didn’t come through, DeMarcus Cousins just doesn’t look like the offensive beast he once was since he came back from his first round injury. And Bogut had his moments in these playoffs but he was limited to a lowly eleven minutes.

Meanwhile the Silent Assassin, Kawhi Leonard went to work against the Warriors securing twelve rebounds and putting up thirty-six points. After the game he told sideline reporter (who should be doing color commentating) that he doesn’t play hero ball or for the fans. He just tries to win.

Only Leonard and Serge Ibaka, coming off the bench, had great games. A quick look at the box score and you’d have to assume the rest of the team contributed with “intangibles”. Aside from Kawhi, the Raptors level of play on Friday would not have been enough to beat a team like the Warriors on most nights.

This is a beat up Warriors team going against a Raptors team that is also tired and injured. The difference is the Raptors are more dialed in and focused on their craft. There are a lot of veterans on this team that were once great or near great that know this might be their last chance for an NBA title. Kendrick Perkins tweeted this note at the end of game three:

I witnessed something very scary tonight after the game! Toronto were walking back to their locker room after the game and nobody was celebrating and they weren’t smiling or nothing! They boys want the smoke! Take it from a former Champ!!! -Kendick Perkins

Chaotic Sports tweeted him asking him if he saw the same thing in game four. If he answers we’ll update the article. Just from the quick shots from the broadcast there didn’t appear to be a bunch of jovial dinosaurs heading into the locker room but being on the floor gives you a better perspective.

Game five takes place 9pm EST/6pm PST in Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Monday June 10th. Toronto has the opportunity to close out the series at home and put an end to the idea that the Warriors are unbeatable. By extension that should kill the idea that teams shouldn’t try to build “super teams” anything can happen it benefits the franchises and fans to always work towards getting a ring.

All eyes will be on Kevin Durant and whether he is healthy enough to return and turn the tides. The Warriors need to win the final three games and two of those wins will have to be in Toronto.

Like always chaoticsports will be tweeting like mad.


Sports Podcast: NBA Playoffs and Potential Midsummer MLB Trades

Another sports week another chaotic week. NBA is feeling the Lebron absence but the games have been fun. Vegas Knights fans feel good about the Sharks loss. And we talk trade ideas from an MLB.com article.

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Podcast: Chaotic Sports | NBA Playoffs vs NHL Playoffs

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Another chaos filled episode. All the current sports BS for the #NHLplayoffs and #NBAplayoffs. Hockey fans knew the NHL playoffs would be good but who would have thought the NBA would be this good too?

Plus Angelo tries to get Chris to play Farmville and all the unprofessional podcasting the thousands and thousands of listeners of Chaotic Sports have gotten used to.

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Chaotic Podcast: Lakers and Lebron | Star Wars | Golden Knights

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This week we don’t talk too much about Newcastle but we do drink beers and talk about Lebron trying to be presidents of the #Lakers.

We do our best to give the WNBA time. Angelo and Chris plan to make it to a few Las Vegas Aces games this year.

It’s hockey playoffs and the Golden Knights are doing their thing. Chris won’t be able to do play by play anymore since he’ll be on @FSvegashockey

As a NOT PART OF YOUR SCENE sister podcast bonus Angelo does a live reaction to the new #StarWars Episode IX trailer “The Rise of Skywalker”



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Podcast: MLB Tank Tax & Malcolm Butler How Big Was the Benching?


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The Chaotic Sports crew churns out the product even when they’re tired they fake it till they make it. Angelo is back in the saddle after a week of Insane Wayne and apparently too much drunken cussing.

This weeks topics are the typical gibberish that doesn’t get you anywhere but still makes you a better a person.

We bookend chaos and propaganda with talk about Malcolm Butler (even though we tired each other of the subject in a text message thread) the recent Kristaps Porzingis injury and talk about a clever idea posed by JJ Cooper on Baseball America to prevent teams from tanking to win later.